Most fishermen pleased with first haul

Sherry Martell
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Wallace Rain, snow, hail and strong winds didnt stop the Northumberland Strait fishermen from hauling in their first lobster catch of the season Monday.

It was a dirty day out there, said fisherman, Wayne Patriquin.

It was better than what I expected for the weather we were having.

Norman LeBlanc , president of Captain Dans Inc., a parent company of J and K Fisheries in Lismore and Cape John Crab and Seafood in Cape John, said overall lobster catches were down from the previous year when weather conditions were more favourable on the first day of the season .

The fact that the lobster is trapping at all with the water so cold is good, said LeBlanc.

Most fishermen pleased with first haul

Wallace Rain, snow, hail and strong winds didnt stop the Northumberland Strait fishermen from hauling in their first lobster catch of the season Monday.

It was a dirty day out there, said fisherman, Wayne Patriquin.

It was better than what I expected for the weather we were having.

Norman LeBlanc , president of Captain Dans Inc., a parent company of J and K Fisheries in Lismore and Cape John Crab and Seafood in Cape John, said overall lobster catches were down from the previous year when weather conditions were more favourable on the first day of the season .

The fact that the lobster is trapping at all with the water so cold is good, said LeBlanc.

The few (fishermen) I talked with this morning , they were pretty pleased.

He said catches from Caribou east to Cape Breton were half decent despite the weather but many fishermen west of Caribou to Pugwash experienced poor landings.

Wallace fisherman, Merrill Jamieson, said he finished setting his 300 traps Monday and only pulled about 80, set on Monday.

We didnt hardly get anything, maybe 10 pounds, said Jamieson.

LeBlanc said on opening day fishermen were receiving $5 per pound for the smaller canner-sized lobsters and $6 per pound for the larger market-sized lobsters.

Some fishermen were hoping for a higher price for their catches this year because in mid-April fishermen in southwest Nova Scotia were receiving record high prices reaching more than $15 per pound.

LeBlanc said the value of the Canadian dollar has increased along with the supply of lobster, driving the price down.



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Organizations: K Fisheries

Geographic location: Lismore, Cape Breton, Pugwash Nova Scotia

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